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The Best Quotes From Htichcock's 'The Birds'  

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The best quotes from The Birds make you realize how unnerving the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from the classic black white horror film The Birds, with the help of your votes. Starring Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren, The Birds was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released in 1963.

What is your favorite The Birds quote? One memorable line was when The Drunk says "It's the end of the world." Another great line from The Birds is "A gull smashed into Annie's front door. Mitch - what's happening?" spoken by Melanie Daniels.

Vote up your top The Birds quotes, regardless of which characters they come from.

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I Tore It Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Quotes From Htichcock's 'The Birds'
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I Tore It Up
Mitch Brenner: Well, small world...How do you know Annie?
Melanie Daniels: We went to school together - college...
Mitch Brenner: So you came up to see Annie, huh?
Melanie Daniels: Yes.
Mitch Brenner: I think you came up to see me.
Melanie Daniels: Now why would I want to see you of all people?
Mitch Brenner: I don't know. You must have gone to a lot of trouble to find out who I was and where I lived.
Melanie Daniels: No, it was no trouble at all. I simply called my father's newspaper. Besides, I was coming up anyway. I've already told you that.
Mitch Brenner: You really like me, huh?
Melanie Daniels: I loathe you. You have no manners, you're arrogant, and conceited, and I wrote you a letter about it, in fact. But I tore it up.
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Must Be A Storm At Sea

Melanie Daniels: Have you ever seen so many seagulls? What do you suppose it is?
Mrs. MacGruder: Well, there must be a storm at sea. That can drive them inland, you know.

 

Just Friendly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quotes From Htichcock's 'The Birds'
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Just Friendly

Mitch Brenner: I wonder if you could help me?
Melanie Daniels: Just what is it you're looking for, sir?
Mitch Brenner: Lovebirds.
Melanie Daniels: Lovebirds, sir?
Mitch Brenner: Yes, I understand there are different varieties. Is that true?
Melanie Daniels: Oh yes there are.
Mitch Brenner: Well, these are for my sister, for her birthday see, and uh, as she's only going to be eleven, I, I wouldn't want a pair of birds that were too demonstrative.
Melanie Daniels: I understand completely.
Mitch Brenner: At the same time, I wouldn't want them to be too aloof either.
Melanie Daniels: No, of course not.
Mitch Brenner: Do you happen to have a pair of birds that are just friendly?

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Hang-Dog Expression

Mitch Brenner: Doesn't this make you feel awful... having all these poor little innocent creatures caged up like this?
Melanie Daniels: Well, we can't just let them fly around the shop, you know.
Mitch Brenner: No, I suppose not. Is there an ornithological reason for keeping them in separate cages?
Melanie Daniels: Well certainly, it's to protect the species.
Mitch Brenner: Yes, I suppose that's important, especially during the moulting season.
Melanie Daniels: That's a particularly dangerous time.
Mitch Brenner: Are they moulting now?
Melanie Daniels: Some of them are.
Mitch Brenner: How can you tell?
Melanie Daniels: Well, they get a sort of hang-dog expression.